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in BullyGeister 21.10.2018 15:47
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CHICAGO -- Illinois went to some unfamiliar offensive weapons to hang on against BYU.Reserve center Maverick Morgan had 14 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and forward Michael Finke added 10 points off the bench as the Illini edged the Cougars 75-73 on Saturday night.Weve got some guys that can score in there, and they did a good job of getting the ball inside, Illinois coach John Groce said.Tracy Abrams scored 15 points, Jalen Coleman-Lands added 12 and Malcolm Hill 10 for the Illini (9-3), who have won five straight.They went zone a couple times, they went man, Abrams said about BYU. Just adjusting to the game play and understanding weve got to get it down there to the bigs.Eric Mika led BYU with 25 points in the second game of the State Farm Chicago Legends doubleheader.BYU (7-4) shot just 43 percent from the field after averaging 85.8 points on the strength of its transition game. Nick Emery added 16 points and TJ Haws 10 for the Cougars.Defensively, we took a step in the right direction tonight against a very, very potent offensive team, Groce said.Illinois made 10 of 26 3s.The Cougars got within one on Colby Leifsons 3 with 1:59 left. Morgan made a jumper and Abrams got a steal and a layup before BYUs L.J. Rose hit a 3 to pull BYU within two with 16.7 seconds left. Hill made two free throws before Rose nailed a jumper to get the Cougars back within two. Emery missed a 3 at the buzzer.It came down to really one, two, maybe three big-time plays we needed to make, Mika said. Illinois just did a good job. They made those hustle plays, the 50-50 balls, and we didnt convert on a couple things that we could have.Hill shot 3 for 12 from the field after averaging a team-high 18.9 points.Illinois bench outscored BYUs reserves 28-7.They had some big guys, Mika said. They have that rotation were theyre all different, but theyre all strong. They can all get rebounds. It was tough getting used to. We saw how they were calling fouls. We were able to fight through it pretty well.Illinois led by as much as 16 before BYU went on an 11-0 run and trailed 43-37 at halftime.We didnt come ready to play in the beginning, Rose said. We got a group out there that was ready to compete. They brought us back into the game.BIG PICTUREBYU fell short of a quality win against a Power 5 conference team. The Cougars will close out their nonconference schedule against Idaho State and CSU Bakersfield next week.Illinois started its season on a four-game winning streak before losing three straight and winning its last five.TIP INSThe Illini lead the series against BYU 4-2. The Cougars won the last meeting 80-75 in 1980 in Knoxville, Tenn. ... The State Farm Chicago Legends recognized the citys basketball tradition. Former DePaul player Mark Aguirre and coach Ray Meyer, both Chicago natives, were honored during halftime. ... The Cubs World Series trophy made an appearance. ... Illinois is 37-14 at the United Center.ROSTER UPDATERedshirt freshman forward Kipper Nichols played one minute in his first game with Illinois. After he originally signed with Tulane, Nichols transferred last December and sat out a year per transfer requirements.UP NEXTBYU will face Idaho State on Tuesday.Illinois will play its Braggin Rights game against Missouri on Wednesday in St. Louis. Joe Jimenez Jersey . - The Oakland Raiders re-signed offensive lineman Khalif Barnes on Friday. Travis Wood Jersey . Numbers Game examines the deal that sees Michael Del Zotto and Kevin Klein switch places. The Predators Get: D Michael Del Zotto. http://www.tigersgearshop.com/Tigers-Miguel-Cabrera-Kids-Jersey/ . -- Jaye Marie Green shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday to increase her lead to five strokes after the second round of the LPGA Tours qualifying tournament. Jack Morris Jersey . Pierce was ejected in the third quarter of Indianas 103-86 win Monday. George Hill stole a bad pass and was going in for a layup, and Pierce hustled back and appeared to be trying to wrap him up. Kirk Gibson Jersey . Didier Drogba gave away the penalty that put Senegal one goal away from a major upset, but the veteran striker will get another chance -- probably his last -- at the World Cup after Salomon Kalous injury-time strike sealed the Ivorians place in Brazil next year. CINCINNATI -- BYU enjoyed the chance to simply grind one out.Taysom Hill set up his touchdown scramble with a long flea-flicker completion, and BYU pulled away to a 20-3 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday despite losing running back Jamaal Williams for much of the second half.People say a 20-3 game isnt exciting, but thats my kind of excitement, BYU coach Kalani Sitake said.Williams got his right foot twisted on a run to the 1-yard line early in the third quarter and limped off the field. Squally Canada took over and carried it the final yard for a 17-3 lead. BYUs career rushing leader returned in the fourth quarter and finished with 92 yards on 25 carries.BYU (5-4) has won four of its last five games.Cincinnati (4-5) didnt get much out of its offense with Gunner Kiel back at quarterback for the third straight game. The Bearcats managed only 185 yards in the first three quarters while the Cougars took control. Cincinnati hasnt scored a touchdown in its last six quarters.The Bearcats have lost four of five.Everybodys talking about getting to a bowl game, Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville said. I just want to get a touchdown. We are struggling big-time.Hill put the Cougars ahead to stay just before halftime. He completed a 43-yard pass to Johan Trinnaman off a flea-flicker with 48 seconds left. Three plays later, he scrambled 8 yards for a 10-3 lead. Hill was 15 of 25 for 130 yards, and he ran 12 times for 75 yards.When we run the ball like that, were hard to beat, Hill said. On the flea-flicker, the safety bit on the run. After that we were able to run the ball better.Cincinnati never threeatened in the second half.dddddddddddd The Bearcats converted only four of 13 third downs, unable to put together drives.Its who game-plans better, and they did a better job on third down, Cincinnati running back Tion Green said. They just got us on third down.STOPPING `EMIt was the first time that BYU held a team without a touchdown since a 64-0 win over Savannah State in 2014. The Cougars defense essentially sealed the win when it stopped Green for no gain on fourth-and-2 at the BYU 37-yard line in the fourth quarter. The Cougars added a field goal in the final minutes.THE TAKEAWAYBYU: It was a rare, comfortable win for the Cougars, who have had six games decided by three points or less. Another game was lost in overtime.Cincinnati: Kiel went 19 of 32 for 199 yards with a costly interception. He threw directly to Austin McChesney at the BYU 10-yard line on the Bearcats second possession of the game.We have not seen a whole lot of improvement on offense the last three games, Tuberville said. Weve tried it all. Weve tried every quarterback. Weve tried every running back.UP NEXTBYU: Cougars host Southern Utah next Saturday, the first of three home games to end the season. They also host Massachusetts and Utah State.Cincinnati: Bearcats are at Central Florida next Saturday as they return to American Athletic Conference play. They finish at home against Memphis and at Tulsa.---More AP college football at www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25. 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